Executive Chair of Women’s Leadership Programme and Visiting Professor, Cass Business School
Equal parts academic and charity leader, Lynne Berry is one of the best-known not-for-profit figures in the UK.
She is executive chair of the Global Women’s Leadership Programme at Cass Business School, one of Europe’s leading business schools, and the chair of both Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity and of Sustrans, the UK charity focused on making it easier for everyone to walk and cycle more.
Her work at Cass focuses on linking the corporate and voluntary sectors, supporting social enterprise and encouraging women’s leadership across industries and sectors.
When asked for her most important piece of advice, she replies, “Know where you’re going and who is going with you.” Lynne’s own journey has seen her work with several not-for-profits, public bodies and charities on issues ranging from sustainability to inclusivity and social justice.
She says the key to making change happen is collective action and collaboration across the private, public and third sectors. Meanwhile, she adds, “Don’t leave your partners behind, they’ll see you through the tough times and be there to celebrate successes with you.”
Lynne is former chair of the Commission to the Voluntary Sector on Ageing and in 2017 she won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Charity Awards.